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Some croppers have reported delays in being able to source key crop inputs, thanks to huge demand on the east coast and potential import hold-ups caused by COVID-19.

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Some croppers have reported delays in being able to source key crop inputs ahead of seeding, thanks to huge demand on the east coast and potential import hold-ups caused by COVID-19.

But, overall, it seems supply chains have been functioning reasonably well as a whole, according to industry representatives.

"We had a chat to the major suppliers and retailers of farm inputs and they've said they are managing relatively well, although it was challenging through March," GrainGrowers chief executive David McKeon said.

"There were some mixed messages out there, and it was good to get clarity around exactly what the situation is like."

Mr McKeon said while the changes in supply chains due to COVID-19 were one contributing factor to the shortages, he said the upturn in seasonal conditions could not be underestimated.

"Things have turned around massively, especially in NSW and Qld, since mid-January, when we were still planning on managing the big dry."

"The forecast wasn't looking great then we got the somewhat high levels of rainfall and that has seen a real swing in demand firstly for the pre-emergent chemicals and then for the post-emergent products, which we are working through now."

"The orders are in, and the suppliers are working through them.

"The main thing is that the major import pathways are largely working as they should."

In terms of other inputs, he said there were some reports of seed shortage, but added this was more reflective of demand for particular varieties.

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